George Turner (artist)

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George Turner
Born2 April 1841
Died29 March 1910(1910-03-29) (aged 68)
OccupationLandscape painter
  • Eliza Lakin
  • Kate Stevens Smith

George Turner (2 April 1841 – 29 March 1910) was an English landscape artist and farmer who has been called[according to whom?] "Derbyshire's John Constable".

Life and work[edit]

Turner was born in Cromford, Derbyshire in England, but then moved to Derby with his family. He showed an early talent for music and art - encouraged by his father Thomas Turner, who although a tailor by profession was also an art enthusiast. Turner was largely self-taught and went on to become a professional painter and art teacher.

Shepherd and Flock by the Trent by Turner
A Scene at Knowle Hills, Derbyshire by Turner in 1883, from a private collection in Raleigh, NC

Turner lived in Derbyshire all his life. In 1865 he married Eliza Lakin (1837 - 1900), becoming a part-time farmer and raising four children at Walnut farm in Barrow upon Trent.[1] He had a number of successful students including David Payne and Louis Bosworth Hurt.[2]

After Eliza's death in 1900, he moved to Kirk Ireton and later married fellow artist Kate Stevens Smith (1871-1964) - they set up home in Idridgehay where he died in 1910. His son William Lakin Turner (1867-1936) also became a landscape oil painter.[3]

Turner worked in oils and painted bucolic scenes mainly of his native Derbyshire, leaving an important legacy of hundreds of pictures depicting the English countryside before the coming of mechanisation, the motor car and urban expansion. His work was exhibited in Nottingham and Birmingham. Turner served on the Art Committee of Derby Art Gallery and both his and his son's paintings[3] are included in the city's collection.[4] Turner has 22 paintings in national collections in the United Kingdom.[5]


  1. ^ George and Eliza Turner had four children: Mary Turner (later Chamberlain then Woore) (1868-1937), Florence Palmer Turner (1869-1955), William Lakin Turner (1867-1929) and Percy Reed Turner (1871 - 1936).
  2. ^ "George Turner, British (1843-1910)". Langham Gallery. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b "William Lakin Turner". Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  4. ^ "George Turner". Burlington Art. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  5. ^ 22 artworks by or after George Turner at the Art UK site

Further reading[edit]

  • Long, Frederick J. George Turner the Derbyshire Artist, 1841-1910 (1995)

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